Friday was the last day of the amazing Music Week Columbus. This night I made it to all three venues to catch Audrey & Orwell, Maza Blaska and Moon High at Rumba, Phantods at Kobo and finally Town Monster at Rumba Cafe.
Music Week Columbus kicks off tonight, with a whole bunch of bands playing at Kobo, Ravari Room and Rumba Cafe. Thursday night at Kobo you can catch Youngstown’s Sewing Machine War, and Friday night at Rumba Fort Wilson Riot (above) of Minneapolis will headline.
Both bands stopped by Electraplay studios recently to record a live session, so here’s an in-studio preview of what to expect at their Music Week Columbus sets.
MP3: El Dorado
After six years of banging around clubs local and nationwide, Columbus’ Lo-Pan is getting their message heard. Playing the circuit and releasing burners like 2009’s Sasquanaut got the attention of Detroit’s Small Stone Recordings, home to a legion of similarly heavy rock ‘n roll bands. After a recent remixing and remastering of Sasquanaut, the fearsome foursome now presents Salvador, a brand new 11-track blast of force and fury.
The band’s focus seems sharper than ever on their new material. Lead singer Jeff Martin’s emotive yet sleek and straightforward delivery is reminiscent of some brands of hard rock from 15 or so years ago, forceful yet not distracting. The rhythm section of Skot Thompson and J. Bartz is as relentless as ever, pounding out a propulsive backbeat for guitarist Brian Fristoe’s pyrotechnics. The tracks here are mostly shorter this time, providing bursts of rock maelstrom like opening track “El Dorado” and “Chichen Itza.” Of course, the boys can still brew and build a firestorm like before when they want to, with slow-burners like “Bird of Prey” and album closer “Solo.” Lo-Pan proves here that they are dedicated to no frills, ass-kicking hard rock of the highest order.
Lo-Pan will spread the news of their new album with a three-week nationwide tour. Before they do so, they will gather momentum at a release party Friday night at Ravari Room. Joining them will be fellow local juggernauts EYE and Before The Eyewall, as well as New Jersey’s Fight Amp.
Tour Dates: Continue reading
Poster by Jacob Halpern
Motion Productions and Mike Folker Productions are teaming up with 10 bands to present a benefit show for the people of Haiti. All the money from the door and raffles will go to Doctors Without Borders. Friday, Ravari Room, music starts at 9pm. $5 suggested donation.
There will probably be more of these in the next couple of weeks. If you’ve got any info on others, post it in the comments. Band schedule and raffle prizes for Friday’s show after the jump. Continue reading
Motion Productions is taking over Columbus. Well, invading it… for three days. To celebrate their two-year anniversary, they will be hosting shows this Friday and Saturday and next Friday (12/4) with the help of nine local bands. The schedule is as follows:
Friday, November 27th @ Ravari Room:
Wing and Tusk
Saturday, November 28th @ Ravari Room:
Pinkertones (Weezer cover band)
Friday, December 4th @ Skullys:
The Compressions (first Columbus show)
Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys (Queen tribute band)
Two more good-looking posters after the jump Continue reading
Pictured: CDR Company Picnic
Whatever…if money grew on trees I would be a money tree farmer. So I pretty much don’t have much of an opening rant so I’m going to take this opportunity to plug the gay little website that my gay little brother is part of. It’s called find Fred and it’s basically a gay eharmony/myspace/facebook/adultfriendfinder. Feel free to become a member and/or tell your friends because the sooner he starts getting money, the sooner he can start giving it to me. Also, my brother from another mother and his wife just opened up a baby boutique in Clintonville called Lottie Da so go buy stuff from them if you aren’t gonna try to find Fred.
Oh man i did some runnin’. I bet you can’t wait to hear about it. There was Dungen, Dude Locker Fest, The Entrance Band, CDRBQVI and Mr. Dibbs and a whole buncha crap happened or something. More crap crap crap after the jump jump jump! Continue reading
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MP3: The Dagger
The 38-year-old me wants to hop into the time machine and land back in ’87 where the 16-year-old me is taking his first sip of Natty Light from an aluminum can in the back seat of Rob’s ’75 Lincoln Continental. I want to slip a dubbed copy of Nebula’s latest release, Heavy Psych, into the tape player and watch how the spacey/stoner funk grooves completely blow our fucking minds and make us do even stupider shit than we would normally do on a boring summer night. Continue reading
I dunno what you’re getting into this weekend that everybody’s working for, but this is what I’m looking forward to…
tombs just got done opening for Isis and Pelican. tombs are from Brooklyn. Everyone knows Brooklyn goes hard. tombs are playing at Ravari Room on Friday night with Columbus dudes Struck by Lighting.
Saturday is the annual Volatility fundraiser at Madlab featuring Hotel Eden, Deerhead, The Receiver and former Miranda Sound dudes, Bicentennial Bear. Also, a bunch of other stuff. Go and support your local arts community buy getting wasted on PBR.
Sunday Night at Ravari Room is the dual assault of Hydra Head dudes Harvey Milk and Torche. I saw Torche last time they were in town and they ripped my face off. I hope i still have one on Monday HAHAHA.
Complete Volatility schedule after the jump. Continue reading